July 21, 2015 at 4:25 am (Presentations)
To start off this year’s ECAL in York, I participated in the workshop on Open Ended Evolution: Recent Progress and Future Milestones. The tile and abstract of my mini presentation are as follows:
Groundlessness avoids openness reduction in hierarchies of emergence
One way of measuring open-endedness is in terms of the maintenance or increase of degrees of freedom. If emergence is defined as the collective dynamics resulting from nonlinear coupling between two or more components, then the degrees of freedom of the emergent phenomenon cannot in principle be greater than the sum of degrees of freedom of its underlying components. In practice, it tends to be less than that sum because the collective dynamics are subject to more constraints than the isolated dynamics of each component. The same logic applies to the creation of novelty at each emergent level of organization, thereby rapidly choking off possibilities for open-ended emergence of new layers of complexity. This is not a problem in practice if we consider nature to have sufficient degrees of complexity to begin with (although this is a problem for simulations). I propose that this is not even a problem in principle if we consider nature to be groundless (although this excludes simulations by definition).
The workshop will continue with a follow-up session on Friday.
July 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm (Events)
Tags: agent-based models, origins of life, artificial life, synthetic biology, evolutionary robotics, theoretical biology
Next year’s International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Artificial Life XV) will take place in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, July 4-8, 2016. I am part of the local organizing team, helping to make the first Alife conference in Latin America a memorable event.
For more information see the conference website: http://xva.life
July 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm (Presentations)
Tags: artificial life, genetic system, Motility, origins of life
Next week the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015 will take place in York, England, July 20-24. I will be giving a poster presentation on the following topic:
Toward a behavior-based approach to the origins of life and the genetic system
In the origin of life community there has been a dispute about whether metabolism or replication came first. Yet both of these approaches are in implicit agreement that the first forms of life were basically passive. That shared assumption has begun to be challenged by a new generation of metabolism-first approaches, emphasizing that movement and adaptive behavior could have played an important role right from the start. After introducing recent research on this behavior-based approach to the origin of life, I offer a preliminary assessment of what this new approach implies for the origins of the genetic system.
Click on the title to download the extended abstract.
July 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm (Presentations)
Next week I will be in Chile for the first time. On Monday, July 6, I will give a seminar at the Instituto de Filosofia y Ciencias de la Complejidad (IFICC). The details can be seen on the flyer below:
Then on Friday I will give a mini-seminar on “The key concepts of the enactive revolution”, which will take place at the Department of Philosophy, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile.
Time: Friday 10 July, 12:00 – 14:00 hrs.
Participants: Tom Froese (key note speaker), Glenda Satne (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile), and Mario Villalobos (Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile).
May 12, 2015 at 10:26 am (Presentations)
Tags: altered states of consciousness, cognitive neuroscience, complex adaptive systems, magic mushrooms, shamanism
On the 5th of June there will be an event on “Mazatec culture, shamanism and sacred plants” at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos, Mexico.
I have been invited as one of the speakers and my presentation will be about the latest research on the psychological effects of the use of sacred mushrooms.
The title is: “Nuevos estudios sobre los efectos psicológicos de los hongos sagrados: Neurociencia y modelación”.
I propose that we can better understand the latest neuroscientific results about altered brain function, especially related to increased levels of entropy, from the perspective of complex systems theory.